San Francisco’s Great Valentine’s Day Pillow Fight

WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO VENT YOUR SEXUAL FRUSTRATIONS ON VALENTINE’S DAY? You grab a pillow and swing all-holy-hell on a thousand of your fellow San Franciscans in the middle of Justin ‘Pee Wee’ Herman Plaza. Forget boxes of chocolates and bouquets of roses–it’s way more fun to knock the crap out of anyone in swinging distance than go the Hallmark route.

This February 14 was no exception. The swinging began precisely at 6 pm. Silhouetted by the historic Ferry building, feathers flew through the air with the magnitude of an east coast blizzard, transforming the Embarcadero to heaven on earth. Numerous techniques were on hand: From the straight-on assault to the come-up-from-behind stealth attack. The SFPD was on hand to make sure pillow fighting didn’t escalate into real fighting; fortunately no one was pepper sprayed.

When it was over, everyone was left with feathers or stuffing in their hair and eyes. Discarded pillow-cases lay scattered, the remains of our Valentine’s Day attack.

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